Data Vizualisation - Metrics to measure the quality of a Graphic

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This page shows some metrics that can be calculated on a graphic in order to scan their pertinence.


Inkt Ratio

<MATH> \text{Data-ink ratio} = \frac{\displaystyle \text{Ink used to describe the data}}{\displaystyle \text{Ink used to describe everything else}} </MATH>

  • Low is bad
  • High is good

Lie Factor

<MATH> \text{Lie Factor} = \frac{\displaystyle \text{Size of the effect shown on the graphic}}{\displaystyle \text{Size of the effect shown in the data}} </MATH>

Good interval is: <MATH> 0.95 < \text{Lie Factor} < 1.05 </MATH>

Lie Factor

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The Utah Teapot. Data visualization is the process of mapping quantitative data to visuals (shapes, color, position, etc) to create a graph made of geometric object. Information visualization: ...

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